An unvarnished example of a quid pro quo . Either do what we want you to do, or we are going to “scrutinize” your budget. Should not the legislature be “scrutinizing” the budget of the state-run university as a matter of course? I’ve got to get out of Illinois, always feel like I need a shower.
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And scrutinizing the U of I budget is bad how? how?
The arrogance of that man.
Ha, typical liberals…
“In an advisory referendum last month, more than 9,100 U. of I. students voted in favor of keeping Chief Illiniwek while about 4,000 voted against the mascot.”
See, it doesn’t matter what the overwhelming majority thinks… it matters that we feel better about ourselves.
I’m surprised at the nievete here. Emil Jones doesn’t care a fig about Cheif Illiniwek. He just wants something from someone who likes the Chief, or owes a favor to someone who dislikes the Chief. Soon whatever horses that need to be traded will be traded and things will go on as before.
Look for a DCCA financed Emil Jones Political Headquarters (oops, I mean ‘community center’) to appear in his district, or for one his cronies to get another no-bid state contract.
Pate Phillips (former Repub. Senate Majority Leader) used to do just the same thing – different assets would be threatened, that’s all.
The idea that an Illinois state politician, of any party or ideology, would do or say anything based on a ‘priniciple’ other kleptocracy is laughably absurd.
Regarding the Senate President’s threat, I thought the U of I budget was made up of funding that was necessary for the research and education that the university provides. I was not aware that there was money set aside for the Illinois Senate to exercise behavior modification on the Board of Trustees. If that is the case, that portion of the budget should be cut immediately regardless of what the Board decides to do with the Chief. If this is not the case and the budget is only for the necessary research and educational purposes that we expect our tax dollars to be funding, then the Senate President should shut up.
For the record, I think the U of I should drop the Chief if for no other reason than to stop wasting time and money fighting over it. I suggest the Fighting Payrollers. We could have someone dressed up like a politiican running around with their hand out looking for contributions. Only problem is nobody would cheer for them.
“I suggest the Fighting Payrollers. We could have someone dressed up like a politiican running around with their hand out looking for contributions. Only problem is nobody would cheer for them.”
Good one Jim.
Another reason why moved from Illinois.
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